Sixth Form


Welcome from the Headteacher

The reputation here at Prince Henry’s has been established over many decades and we believe that the Sixth Form has never been stronger than it is at the moment. Our Sixth Form is now one of the largest in the West Midlands. Under the leadership of Mrs Webb, as Head of Sixth Form, the results achieved by our students have been consistently outstanding and amongst the best in the country.

Since our last Ofsted inspection in 2013, our Sixth Form results have gone from strength to strength.  In their most recent visits, Ofsted made the following comments about our Sixth Form:

“Students make excellent progress in the school’s large and well-established sixth form.” Ofsted, April 2013

“Teaching in the sixth form is outstanding. Teachers ensure that students understand key subject ideas in the level of depth that will enable them to achieve the higher grades. Students take responsibility for monitoring their own progress against personal targets and collaborate well in helping each other to achieve.” Ofsted, April 2013

“This large high school (13-18) is excellent at raising students’ awareness of higher education and preparing them for the next phase of their education.” More Able Students report, March 2015

“The school makes effective use of its links with universities in providing seminars and signposting students to lectures, open days and other events.” More Able Students report, March 2015

“Sixth Form students receive outstanding information, support and guidance. They make an excellent contribution to the life of the school, for example on the School Council, as prefects, or as mentors to younger students.” Ofsted, April 2013

“The leadership and management of the sixth form are excellent” Ofsted, April 2013

In 2020, Prince Henry’s students achieved another set of outstanding results at A Level. 155 students completed their A-Level courses at Prince Henry’s and the vast majority gained places at their chosen Universities, including five who were awarded places at Oxford or Cambridge University. Our top student achieved an amazing four A* grades, with a further 23 students achieving at least three A/A* grades. There are very many more success stories, too numerous to mention here, with most students reaching or exceeding their personal targets – more details are on our website.

Approximately 85% of our Sixth Form students go on to university, of whom well over 35% consistently go to Oxford, Cambridge, a Russell Group or Times Top 20 university. Perhaps more importantly, nearly every student going on to Higher Education or Apprenticeship secures a place on a course or training programme that is the right one for them.

There are many exciting opportunities for our Sixth Formers to expand their horizons by participating in activities in and out of school. Teachers here at Prince Henry’s are highly experienced and dedicated, and they build excellent relationships to ensure our students receive outstanding teaching, guidance and support. The students’ academic progress is carefully monitored and there are regular reports home. Students are supported and encouraged to use time in school profitably and wisely, and we have work spaces and air-conditioned study centres with the latest IT resources, which are fully staffed for Years 12 and 13. This year we have made a considerable investment into our Sixth Form accommodation, including refurbishment of the Common Room and pastoral office area.

Our guiding principle is for everyone here to succeed, and we believe that success is achieved through hard work. Truly successful education is a partnership between school, the students, you as parents and our surrounding community. We aim to develop the students here to have the self-confidence to use their talents and skills for their own benefit as well as that of the community in which they may one day live. We aspire to enable them to develop their abilities and personal characteristics through our active promotion of universal values such as initiative, enthusiasm, leadership, tolerance, perseverance, commitment and self-discipline.

Experience has shown that students do need to have attained a certain minimum level at GCSE, particularly with the recently reformed A Level courses. I therefore ask you to read very carefully the criteria for admission. In particular, students need to make sure that they concentrate not just on gaining the minimum grades for entry into the Sixth Form but also on achieving at least the minimum grades that they will need to access their own chosen courses. Please make sure that you have read and understood the entry requirements for the relevant chosen subjects.

We believe that we have a fantastic Sixth Form, which can offer the independence of Further Education within a structured and highly successful school. I hope that you will want to join us in being part of a highly motivated team of students and staff who work together in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. This is what makes Prince Henry’s Sixth Form so special.

I very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to our Sixth Form.

Dr A Evans, Headteacher
September 2020